Archive for February, 2012

The Best Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

If you have no other, lavender essential oil is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective. Lavender is excellent in treating burns and scalds. In either case, it can be put directly on the affected area right away. It is one of just a few essential oils that can be put directly on the skin with no ill effects.

Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed.

When my youngest was a child, she often complained that her legs hurt. I would just hug her, tell her they were growing pains, give her a bath and have her go to bed. She loved riding her bike and I thought that was why her legs hurt. We did ask her doctor about the pains during a yearly physical but he didn’t find any problems. I now know that I could have helped my baby more by massaging her legs with essential oil in a carrier oil.

If your child has aches and pains in his limbs from a hard day at play, massage his limbs with one to two drops of lavender in a teaspoon of a carrier oil like liquid shea oil. If your child is over five years old, you can use rosemary essential oil either in addition to (one drop of each) or instead of the lavender oil.

30 Second Face Lift

Author: Dr. Larita

I guess I take too many things for granted. A girlfriend of mine said she wasn’t sure she was using our 30 Second Face Lift correctly. When I asked her why, she said, “Well, there are no directions on the jar.” So, in case there are any more of you who want directions for this wonderful moisturizing cream, I’m going to give you the directions today.

The first thing to do when you are ready to moisturize your face is to cleanse it with a gentle natural soap. Lather the soap in your hands with warm water and use gentle circular motions. Don’t forget to lather your neck too because it should be treated just as lavishly as your face.  You can rinse your face with warm water or use a face towel soaked in very warm water and wrung dry to steam your face. Just lay the warm towel on your face for about 30 seconds and then pat dry.

Next, wipe your face with a natural astringent like witch hazel or vinegar. I use cotton rounds because they are lint free, but you can use a cotton ball too. I don’t use very much astringent so I don’t dry my face after applying it. If your face is wet after using the astringent, you are using too much and you should blot it dry this time and not use so much astringent next time.

The last thing in this scenario is to apply a natural moisturizing cream like 30 Second Facelift. Rub about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the cream on your palms and fingertips. Wipe it on your face in circular motions starting on your cheeks and moving up to your forehead don’t forget your neck, starting at the base and moving up to the chin. When you have rubbbed it in well, you can blot your face with a tissue. The only makeup I wear is a little  bit of lipstick. If you like, you can add eye makeup but you won’t need liquid makeup or powder since it just clogs your pores.

A common question that many women ponder is how often to use a facial scrub. After all, scrubs can work wonders on clogged pores, but they can also be harsh on acne prone skin. As a rule of thumb, if you have dry skin, only use a facial scrub once a week.

People with oily skin can use a facial scrub two or three times a week. More than three times a week can have a damaging effect. If your skin is exceedingly dry and your skin is prone to frequent breakouts, avoid facial scrubs altogether. In those instances it is better to use a gentle cleanser twice a day and wipe away excess oil with toner.

Sweet Almond Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Sweet almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist in the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Basic Essential Oil Kit

Author: Dr. Larita

Many people are interested in using essential oils in their home because they are finding out that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. We will discuss all of these oils eventually but today, let’s look into peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!

I have a few more questions to answer so I’ll take today to do that and get back to writing Natural Body Guru next week.

Q- Is aromatherapy used for the treatment of any specific illness or is it merely maintenance?

A- Aromatherapy can be used for addressing certain illnesses of the body. You can use it for relieving pain or caring for your skin. It may come as a surprise, but the largest organ in your body is your skin. Everything that touches your skin gets metabolized into your body, which causes specific endorphins to be produced and floods the body to either stimulate, relax, cause digestion improvements, be a diuretic, get rid of headaches and so on. All of these things are done through aromatherapy.

Q- How does aromatherapy work with cancer patients?

A- It offsets the toxic effects of the chemotherapy, including treating dry skin conditions.  The synthetic oils that you find in some boutiques do not work because they are not from a plant.

Q- Can essential oils be used to treat impotence?

A- Aromatherapy is being used to help men and women with impotence because the oils can reduce anxiety, and they can alleviate fatigue and affect moods. Someone who might be going through mood swings like with menopause might also find the essential oils beneficial.

Moisturizing Eye Skin

Author: Dr. Larita

It’s a sad fact that most women do not know how to properly care for the thin skin surrounding the eye. Damage done to the eye skin can make a woman or man appear far older than they actually are. Keeping eye skin properly moisturized is a relatively simple procedure.

Begin by washing your face with a gentle cleanser and warm, but not hot, water. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Take a natural moisturizer and gently pat it around the eye. Do not rub the moisturizer in as this can damage the skin. It’s best to put eye creams and moisturizers on at night so the benefits can sink in overnight.

Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies? Yes, thyme essential oil has been in use for quite some time. The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and they burned it as incense in their temples because they believed it was a source of courage. During the middle ages, the use of thyme was spread by the Romans throughout Europe. They used it for everything from aiding their sleep and fighting nightmares to flavoring cheese and liqueurs.

We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for those purposes during the middle ages. Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Overusing thyme essential oil can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system.

Thyme is in the essential oil aromatherapy pharmacy because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used with an essential oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home. Thyme essential oil is another versatile ingredient to keep in your aromatherapy pharmacy.

The essential oils used to treat level 4 stress problems are called absolutes. They are heavier than other essential oils and also more expensive. If you have used the blends for levels 1, 2 and 3 and have not gotten any relief, and you want to continue on a natural pathway to good health, I recommend you try the absolutes. Your next alternative after the absolutes is going to a physician or a psychiatrist. You can lighten these absolute formulas by adding 1 to 2 drops of lemon, bergamot or pettigraine essential oils as substitutes and you will not lessen the effectiveness of the recipes.

For general use you can try one of these three blends: 2 drops of narcissus and 5 drops of rose; 7 drops of michela alba and 2 drops of tonka bean; or 3 drops of osmanthus and 4 drops of hyacinth. For specific uses try the following:

Chronic Depression

  • 3 drops osmanthus
  • 3 drops jasmine

Increasing Anxiety

  • 5 drops michela alba
  • 6 drops jonquil

Heart Murmurs

  • 8 drops rose
  • 9 drops valerian
Chronic Insomnia
  • 15 drops valerian
  • 10 drops hops
  • 5 drops rose
  • 4 drops narcissus
  • 3 drops tonka bean
Irrational Behavior
  • 7 drops rose
  • 1 drop osmanthus


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